Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on wholemeal drop scones

Nutritious post-exercise snack

These little drop scones are as light as a feather and take moments to make. Using wholemeal flour instead of refined white flour, they are a healthier and more sustaining version of the traditional drop scone, or scotch pancake, and are equally good with sweet or savory accompaniments. Try them with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for a special and nutritious weekend brunch treat.

Method

1. Lightly stir the eggs and the milk together with a pinch of salt and some black pepper. Get the smoked salmon, lemon wedges, capers and chives ready for when the scones and scrambled eggs are cooked.

2. Make the drop scones — mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl and make a well for the egg. Break the egg into the well and then mix together quickly with a metal spoon, gradually adding the milk until you have a smooth batter.

3. Don't let the mixture rest, use it immediately.

4. Heat a non-stick frying pan and melt a knob of butter in it.

5. Drop a scant tablespoon of batter into the pan for each scone — a clever tip is to drop the batter from the tip of the spoon for round cakes and from the side of the spoon for oval cakes.

6. Cook gently for a minute or two until bubbles start to appear and then flip over and cook for a minute on the other side. Depending on the size of your pan, you can probably cook about 6 at a time.

7. Cook the scrambled egg — melt a knob of butter in a small saucepan and when the butter starts to sizzle slightly, pour in the egg mixture. Cook on a low heat, stirring slowly until the mixture begins to thicken and starts to become creamy. Remove from the heat immediately now before the mixture goes solid.

8. Serve up about 4 scones per person, pile the scrambled egg and smoked salmon on top and sprinkle with chives and a good grind of black pepper. Scatter the capers around the side of the dish with a wedge of lemon to squeeze over the salmon.

Ingredients

For the drop scones:

  • 100g self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbs caster sugar
  • 1 fresh free-range egg
  • 150ml semi-skimmed milk
  • Pinch of salt

For the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs:

  • 4 slices of smoked salmon
  • 4 fresh free-range eggs
  • A splash of milk
  • Knob of butter
  • Salt and plenty of black pepper
  • Lemon wedges, a few capers and chopped chives to serve

Vital Statistics

Serves: 2
Preparation: 2 minutes
Cooking: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Good for: Weekend brunch, post exercise snack or light meal. Nutritious and sustaining, this dish will provide a balance of protein, essential vitamins and minerals and cholesterol reducing omega-3 fatty acids.

Calories (kcal): 602.7
Protein (g): 38.7
Carbs (g): 45.5
Fat (g): 29.5
Fiber (g): 2.5

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